2 May 2018

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Living Wine - IMW 9th International Symposium, June 2018

Symposium (2).pngTickets are selling fast for the Living Wine 2018 Symposium. The Institute of Masters of Wine 9th International Symposium is open to anyone who wishes to buy a ticket. Held every four years, over four days, this is an unparalleled opportunity to network, taste and learn from a rich variety of international speakers, including rubbing shoulders with over 100 Masters of Wine. Day one highlights include the Masters of Winemaking walkaround tasting - an extraordinary rare showcase of wines made by Masters of Wine from around the globe. To discover more highlights and buy your tickets, see here.



Constellation Brands becomes a Principal Supporter

CBrands (2).pngThe Institute was delighted to announce in April that Constellation Brands has become an IMW Principal Supporter. Constellation Brands, a leading international producer and marketer of wine, spirits and beer, was previously a Major Supporter of the IMW and has been involved with the MW study programme for over two decades. They have provided the venue for the MW examination in San Francisco, awarded numerous scholarships to students on the MW study programme and since 1997 have sponsored the Robert Mondavi Winery Award, presented each year to a new MW who has achieved the best overall result in the theory part of the MW examination. With operations in the US, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada, their wine brands include Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois and Kim Crawford. Amongst its employees are Masters of Wine Nova Cadamatre MWMark de Vere MW and Peter Marks MW.
Read the full press release here

Study programmeInformation sessions

Newsletter (5).pngIn the last two weeks there have been a number of information sessions held around the world, to raise awareness of the MW study programme and to provide information to prospective students. These sessions provide an overview of the study programme and give interested wine professionals the chance to get to understand the Institute better. We have met more than 200 possible future candidates in Canandaigua New York, Hong Kong, Montreal, New York City, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington DC. Many thanks to the Masters of Wine who helped at them: Mollie Battenhouse MW, Nova Cadamatre MW, Charles Curtis MW, Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, Sarah Heller MW, Caroline Hermann MW, Emma Jenkins MW, Peter Marks MW, Eugene Mlynczyk MW, Debra Meiburg MW, Kenichi Ohashi MW, Mark Pygott MW, Igor Ryjenkov MW, Annette Scarfe MW, Ying Tan MW, Fongyee Walker MW, and Jay Youmans MW.

Will you be at London Wine Fair? There is an information session on 21 May and we would welcome a Master of Wine to help us with the session. Please email 
ochapman@mastersofwine.org if you can come along. 


Porto student trip - report by Colin Gent MW

Porto (1).pngExtract of report by Colin Gent MW: Each year, three major Port houses – The Fladgate Partnership, Symington Family Estates and Quinta do Noval – host a very lucky group of MW students for three memorable days of vineyard visits, winery and lodge tours, tutored tastings, delicious meals, great wines and atmospheric overnight stays in one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to accompany the group as 'minder', or 'responsible adult' as someone may have put it, but it was immediately clear that this group was in no way irresponsible. On the contrary, the level of commitment, professionalism, and enthusiasm of all 16 students was a credit to the MW study programme, as was the global reach, with participants from Edmonton to Krakow to Beirut to Hong Kong. The future of the Institute is certainly in good hands!
Read the full report here 

MembersMW trip to Israel 

Israel (1).pngExtract of report by Essi Avellan MW: Israel is an intriguing country with wine history dating back at least 5,200 years, but where seeds of modern wine production were planted in the late 19th century by the French Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Today, 5,500 hectares are cultivated and wine is produced by some 250 wineries. Twelve MWs took a look at the high altitude area of Judean Hills as well as the country’s highest lying vineyards on Golan Heights close to the Syrian border, where vines may be cultivated at altitudes up to 1,200 meters above sea level.
Read the full report here



MW get together, 3 May 2018, London

Get together.pngWe are taking advantage of so many Members being in London for judging duties, and have planned an MW get-together for you all on Thursday 3 May. There will be Bollinger and finger food, and we’d also love you to bring a bottle of something interesting to share with your fellow MWs. Not that you need one, but as an added incentive we will also be unveiling and distributing the long-awaited MW pin, which are being cast and manufactured at the moment. For those of you unable to come in May, the pins will be delivered to you soon afterwards. If you plan to attend please email Belinda Eaton: beaton@mastersofwine.org


Essi Avellan MW

Congratulations to Essi Avellan MW who was presented with the insignia of Knight in the National Order of Agricultural Merit (Chevalier l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole). The Agricultural Merit was established in France in 1883 by the famous Minister of Agriculture Jules Méline. It is an order bestowed by the French Republic rewarding those persons – both French and foreigners – who have made noteworthy contributions to French agriculture. Essi is now one of the 30 holders of the title in Finland.

Mollie Battenhouse MW

Mollie Battenhouse MW stars in a 'super tasters' video series, where she was challenged to a live blind tasting by US online trade publication SevenFifty Daily. 
Watch the video here

Rebecca Gibb MW

Following en primeur last month, Rebecca Gibb MW has produced a free Bordeaux 2017 report. It is a concise guide to the vintage, including an overview of the growing season, exclusive quotes from the chateaux, a summary of the key appellations, tales of the unexpected, and the finest wines with full tasting notes.
Download from Rebecca's website here

Julia Harding MW and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Julia Harding MW and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW are featured in the drinks business following their Bordeaux 2017 extensive notes and scores for publications JancisRobinson.com (Julia) and The Wine Advocate (Lisa). 
Read the full article here


Sonal Holland MW

Sonal Holland MW gave her first TEDX talk last month - How to be a wine entrepreneur - learn from the Master. Sonal gives her insight into the nascent world of wine and outlines how she wants to create a movement to simplify wine and its appreciation in India.
Watch the video here

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Lisa is featured in the publication Prestige, where she opens up about her 27 years in the wine business, including being the first female Bordeaux reviewer at Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
Read the full article here

Jancis Robinson MW OBE

Congratulations to Jancis Robinson MW, who was recently voted the wine writer with the greatest impact on sales, by Drinks Retailing News.
Read the full article here


Austrian Wine announce 'Rosalia' as next DAC winegrowing region

Austrain Wine (1).pngThe former Grosslage (large collective vineyard site) ‘Rosalia’, located south of the Leitha Range in Burgenland, is set to become Austria’s next DAC winegrowing region. There are 297 hectares under vines in the administrative district Mattersburg, which will henceforth yield regionally typical ‘Rosalia DAC’ and ‘Rosalia DAC Reserve’ red wines, as well as distinctively conceived rosé wines bearing the designation ‘Rosalia DAC Rosé’. According to the now ratified DAC regulation – and retroactive as of the 2017 vintage – the regionally typical grape varieties Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt may be vinified as monovarietal wines with the designation Rosalia DAC, so long as the wine demonstrates a minimum alcohol content of 12% per volume and a maximum residual sugar content of 4 grams per litre. Élevage must take place in steel tank or in wooden cask; the wine should demonstrate a complex and regionally typical aromatic profile as well as a flavour characterised by finesse, fruit and spiciness.
Read the full article here


Symingtons and Quinta do Noval declare 2016 vintage Ports

Symingtons %2F AXA.pngInstitute Supporter Symington Family Estates has declared 2016 as a vintage across all of its Port properties, the first time it has issued a general declaration since 2011, while Quinta do Noval, part of AXA Millésimes, a Principal Supporter of the IMW has declared a ‘Nacional’ vintage. It is also only the fourth time Symington Family Estates has issued a general declaration for Graham’s, Dow’s and Warre’s (and now Cockburn’s too) since 2000. The company said that 2016 had been a year to “read the signs and take risks”. It was a wet start to the year, with the damp weather lasting all the way into May and causing “considerable” fruit loss in some areas. The weather improved from June onwards and August was very warm though with some relief brought by rainfall on the 24 and 26. Quinta do Noval announced that it was also declaring 2016 a vintage year and that it would also be producing a ‘Nacional’ wine. In a statement, managing director Christian Seely also mentioned the mixture of rainfall and intense heat and the need to wait to pick individual plots at optimum ripeness. The result, he said, was wines with, “excellent structure, very intense bright fruit and aromatically very expressive.” He continued: “I am delighted to announce the declaration of the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2016 and of the Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2016. This will perhaps come as no surprise, since rumours of the exceptional quality of the 2016 wines have been circulating for some time, and with justification. Blending the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port was a thrilling experience."
Read the full article on the drinks business here

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IMW Executive team

We are having some staff changes in the Institute’s team at the moment, unfortunately saying goodbye to dear colleagues, but welcoming some great new ones.

Robyn Harris (nee Wheatley) is stepping down as our Examinations and RP Officer this month, after doing much to show huge warmth and efficiency to our worldwide student body. She will be replaced by Patrick O’Reilly who is joining the team on 8 May 2018. Patrick comes with glowing references from Pearson – which is the UK’s largest awarding body which offers academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked. Email: poreilly@mastersofwine.org

Chloe Thompson, our Events Officer, left us in April to pursue her passion for all things Italian, and like Robyn, will be much missed. She has been replaced by Belinda Eaton, who is already working hard to make the Institute’s 9th International Symposium in Logroño a roaring success. Belinda comes from Australia, where she has experience in organising mass participation sporting events, and other activities in the non-profit sector and brand activations. 
Email: beaton@mastersofwine.org

We also have a consultant with us at the moment, helping us use the space in IMW headquarters more efficiently, and make sure we can share it effectively with other wine organisations. She is Katie Gagen (kgagen@mastersofwine.org) and once Katie’s work is finished we will be recruiting a new Office Administrator to run the office.

You can view the full team on the website here.


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